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Vigils, Fundraisers For Slain San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson

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    Vigils, Fundraisers For Slain Officer

    Two vigils and two fundraisers are already in the works in memory of slain San Jose police Officer Michael Johnson, who was shot Tuesday night while responding to a suicidal man, who ended up killing him with a rifle. Robert Handa reports. (Published Friday, March 27, 2015)

    Two vigils and two fundraisers are already in the works in memory of slain San Jose police Officer Michael Johnson, who was shot Tuesday night while responding to a suicidal man, who ended up killing him with a rifle.

    In additional, the officer's formal memorial service will be held April 2 at 11 a.m. at the SAP Center at San Jose.

    Before that, several events are also taking place:

    The first memorial is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the 2600 block of Senter Road in San Jose, where Johnson was gunned down.

    The second  is set for 8 p.m. on Friday in the courtyard at San Jose City Hall. Star of David Ministries and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association are hosting the memorial.

    “We have suffered a very devastating loss to our community, and we need to show officer Johnson’s family and the SJPD that we support them, “ said Kathleen Flynn, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association.

    In addition, Owen Nolan, a former San Jose Shark who is a part owner of the Brittania Arms, is hosting a April 2 at the restaurant, located at 5027 Almaden Expressway.

    Also, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association is helping raise fund to provide financial assistance to his family.

    In addition, CreaTV in San Jose is opening its studio from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday so that the community can share their thoughts on what Johnson's death means to them. The messages will be cablecast live on Silicon Valley Channel 30.

    The 38-year-old Johnson was killed on Tuesday when he arrived at an apartment building after a caller told 911 that Scott Dunham was drunk and despondant and was threatening to harm his wife. When Johnson arrived, Dunham killed him from his balcony with a high-powered rifle.

    Dunham's body was found Wednesday morning on the balcony. He had died of a gunshot wound, police said. But it's unclear whether the bullet was self-inflicted or whether he died during the police shootout.

    Checks can be mailed payable to the SJPOACF at: 1151 N. 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112 or online.